Music from India

Sora Nilabati epic song with lute

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  • Type

    sound

  • Duration

    00:06:52

  • Cultures

    Sora

  • Shelf mark

    RK DAT 13

  • Recording date

    2001-02-21

  • Recording locations

    In the back garden under a tamarind tree, plains Sora village with 18 houses called Desmondpur, Rayagada district, Orissa.

  • Performance occasion

    Noon

  • Performers

    Sonyasi Sora (singer, bun-bun-rai lute)

  • Recordist

    Killius, Rolf

  • Description

    The itinerant Sora singer, Sonyasi Sora sings the Nilabati epic, which recounts the story of an old Sora kingdom. He accompanies himself on the bun-bun-rai lute, a one-stringed drone instrument, which is known throughout India as ektara (one-string). He is supported by a cymbal player and an appreciative crowd. The selected piece is taken from the beginning of the performance. Noon, 21-02-2001, in the back garden under a tamarind tree, plains Sora village with 18 houses called Desmondpur, Rayagada district, Orissa. Sonyasi Sora belongs to the Sora tribe and sings in the Austro-Asiatic language Sora and the north-Indian language Oriya.

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